According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 3.3 million U.S. residents age 12 or older were victims of violent crime in 2018. U.S. households also experienced an estimated 13.5 million property victimizations, which include burglaries, residential trespassing, motor-vehicle thefts, and other thefts (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2018, September 2019).
OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.
See the Current Funding Opportunities page to learn about opportunities available from the OJP program offices related to this and other topics. Also see Grants.gov for opportunities from other federal agencies.
Training and Technical Assistance
The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions website uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in crime victim services, as well as criminal and juvenile justice. Visit the Victims & Victimization section of the site to view research on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by CrimeSolutions Researchers and Reviewers.
Also visit the Office for Victims of Crime-funded Center for Victim Research. The Center provides access to victim research and data and seeks to improve the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services.
Agencies that receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds also have complimentary access to the Center's collection subscription-based journal articles. Visit the Center for Victim Research Registration page and then click on “VOCA-Funded Agencies.” Once you are registered as a VOCA-Funded Agency, you will be able to search for both open-access and subscription resources.
Visit the Victims of Crime section of our site for additional publications and resources.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) resource, Children's Exposure to Violence, Crime and Abuse: An Update provides data on this topic. You can also view additional resources from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence Series on the OJJDP website. To learn more about the prevalence and prevention of children being exposed to violent activities, as well as the treatment of those who have already experienced such exposure, see the Children Exposed to Violence Special Feature.